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US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in Syria
US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in Syria

The United States said Tuesday it wanted to ensure foreign jihadists remain off the battlefield as it weighed options on an American detained in Syria who says she wants to return home. The United States has urged European powers to take back hundreds of their citizens who fought with the Islamic State movement in Syria, but acknowledged the situation was complex in the rare case of an American jihadist. Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old from Alabama who became a prominent online agitator for the extremists, said in an interview published Sunday with The Guardian that she had been brainwashed online and "deeply regrets" joining the movement.

The Latest: Consultant unaware how ballots were collected
The Latest: Consultant unaware how ballots were collected

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on a hearing outlining a ballot fraud investigation in an undeclared North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized (all times local):

McCabe Says Lawmakers Didn't Object When FBI Opened Trump Probe
McCabe Says Lawmakers Didn't Object When FBI Opened Trump Probe

"That's the important part here," McCabe said in an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today Show." "No one objected. McCabe said he briefed those leaders -- known as the "Gang of Eight" -- about the Trump probe in the days after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May of 2017.

Merciless Sympathy
Merciless Sympathy

Jussie Smollett's phony hate-crime story could have been taken apart in 24 hours, except for one thing: Nobody wanted to be the first to call bullsh**.Who will bell the cat?Not the police, and I don't blame them. Smollett is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump who checks two protected-category boxes: He is gay and he is black. No police officer comes out ahead in any encounter in which he has to explain that he isn't a racist or a gay-basher.There isn't much evidence that racist or homophobic attacks have increased in the Age of MAGA - partly because such episodes are so vanishingly rare in the United States that they are difficult to measure - but this is one of those things that...

Trump briefed in Florida on
Trump briefed in Florida on 'productive' China trade talks

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he was briefed at his Florida resort by negotiators working to reach a trade deal with Beijing after their return from "very productive" meetings with Chinese officials. "Trade negotiators have just returned from China where the meetings on Trade were very productive. Senior officials completed two days of high-stakes talks in Beijing on Friday as they try to avert the US threat to more than double tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, which would be an unwelcome shock to the world's second largest economy as it already has shown signs of slowing.

More U.S. aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia
More U.S. aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine are being stored amid uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed. Havovi Cooper reports.

Aurora shooting victims: What we know about those killed in Henry Pratt warehouse shooting
Aurora shooting victims: What we know about those killed in Henry Pratt warehouse shooting

Five employees were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire Friday inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.

Judge says Roger Stone can keep talking about his criminal case, but not on the courthouse steps
Judge says Roger Stone can keep talking about his criminal case, but not on the courthouse steps

A federal judge ruled Friday lawyers and Roger Stone, the flamboyant political consultant, shouldn't comment to media on courthouse steps

Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shooting
Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shooting

Police arrested a suspect in a shooting on Friday at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, but the area remained under lockdown, officials said.

Washington state snow plow rage: 2 plow drivers threatened
Washington state snow plow rage: 2 plow drivers threatened

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Unusually heavy snow in the Spokane area has caused snow plow rage: Two plow drivers clearing streets this week were threatened by people infuriated when their driveways ended up blocked with mounds of snow.

Netanyahu leaves Poland after plane mishap delayed departure
Netanyahu leaves Poland after plane mishap delayed departure

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to spend an extra night in Warsaw after his plane was damaged following an airport mishap shortly before departure. He departed around noon Friday, marking an inauspicious ending to a turbulent visit.

In America, high-speed train travel is off track
In America, high-speed train travel is off track

California's suspension this week of a high-speed rail project underscores the up-hill battle the modern mode of transport faces in the United States -- including myriad cultural, political and economic obstacles. Long gone are the days of the 19th century gold rush, when Americans raced to build transcontinental rail links and conquer the nation's vast expanse. "We have a Congress polluted by special interest money ... that has been working for years to stop/prevent any rail investment," said Andy Kunz, head of the US High Speed Rail Association, pointing to the oil, aviation and auto industries in particular.

Trump emergency sets precedent Republicans will regret
Trump emergency sets precedent Republicans will regret

Imagine future Democratic presidents declaring national emergencies to address gun violence, immigration, climate change, health care: Our view

Denver teacher strike revealed US divide over bonus pay
Denver teacher strike revealed US divide over bonus pay

DENVER (AP) - Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn't that simple.

Mike Pence attacks UK for
Mike Pence attacks UK for 'breaking US sanctions against Iran'

Mike Pence, the US vice president, has accused Britain, France and Germany of trying to sabotage American sanctions against Iran and called on the European states to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.  In an unusually blunt attack on America's traditional European allies, Mr Pence told a summit in Warsaw that the three countries were leading "an effort to break American sanctions against Iran's murderous revolutionary regime".  He focused his criticism on a financial mechanism created by the three states and the EU to allow European firms to continue trading with Iran in a way that skirts punishing US sanctions.  "It's an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU,...

GOP Senators Optimistic Trump Will Sign Border Wall Compromise
GOP Senators Optimistic Trump Will Sign Border Wall Compromise

(Bloomberg) -- Senior Republican lawmakers said the compromise spending bill that would avert another government shutdown will easily pass the House and Senate and they expect President Donald Trump will sign it into law.

February
February's Nintendo Direct touches on 31 upcoming and updated games

As with several of the Nintendo Switch's successes, "Super Mario Maker 2" brings one of its predecessor's best games to a bigger and more enthusiastic audience. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," "Splatoon 2" and "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" are all related to earlier Wii U games and in this respect "Super Mario Maker 2" is no different. Like 2015's "Super Mario Maker," June 2019 release "Super Mario Maker 2" allows players to create 2D Mario game levels, play them, and share them.

Southwest Airlines passes key FAA test, schedules more Hawaii test flights

The airline, which needs FAA approval for long overwater flights, has scheduled a test flight on Thursday from Oakland to Honolulu.

USS Hornet has been found on the floor of the South Pacific, 76 years after it was sunk by the Japanese
USS Hornet has been found on the floor of the South Pacific, 76 years after it was sunk by the Japanese

Tim Gray interviewed the last surviving pilot from the 1942 Doolittle Raid that took off for Japan from the USS Hornet.

American Airlines: 700 Phoenix flight attendants will need to move

The airline is asking for volunteers as it needs 700 fewer flight attendants in Phoenix and 700 more in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

Manafort Judge Finds His Lies Violated Mueller Plea Deal
Manafort Judge Finds His Lies Violated Mueller Plea Deal

Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian translator, Konstantin Kilimnik, who Mueller says has ties to Russian intelligence services, the judge concluded. Some of the contacts with Kilimnik came while Manafort was running President Donald Trump's campaign, and some occurred after Trump's election, according to prosecutors. Manafort also lied about the nature of a $125,000 payment to a law firm and about a matter under a separate Department of Justice investigation, according to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington.

U.S. judge rules ex-Trump campaign chief breached plea deal
U.S. judge rules ex-Trump campaign chief breached plea deal

The ruling concludes weeks of wrangling between Manafort's lawyers and the special counsel over whether he had intentionally lied to prosecutors, impeding their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Manafort case in a Washington court, found there was a "preponderance" of evidence that Manafort lied on three different topics, including his communications with his former business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, whom prosecutors say has ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik has denied such ties.

The Latest: Robbery shooting suspect charged with murder
The Latest: Robbery shooting suspect charged with murder

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a New York Police Department detective (all times local):

Sparks fly as Omar takes on U.S. Venezuela envoy
Sparks fly as Omar takes on U.S. Venezuela envoy

Newly-elected Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, during a hearing on Venezuela on Wednesday, said she "failed to understand" why the American people should believe Special Envoy Elliott Abrams' statements on Venezuela, given his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. In the testy exchange, Abrams responded saying, "I am not going to respond to that kind of personal attack." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Ouch! Pete Davidson covers up matching Ariana Grande tattoo with the word 'CURSED'

Pete Davidson appears to have said "thank u, next" to matching ink he shared with former fiancee Ariana Grande.

Pete Davidson covers up Ariana Grande tattoo with the word
Pete Davidson covers up Ariana Grande tattoo with the word 'cursed'

Shockingly, it appears that Pete Davidson does not wish to keep the tattoos he got with his former fiancee. Tattoo artist Jon Mesa posted a photo to Instagram on Sunday revealing Davidson's two new tattoos: a large Tootsie Pop owl and the word "cursed." The latter covers up an old Breakfast at Tiffany's-inspired tattoo Davidson got while he was still engaged to Ariana Grande. (She still has a version of the same one.) It reads "mille tendresse," which is French for "a thousand tendernesses."> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Jon Mesa (@jonmesatattoos) on Feb 9, 2019 at 2:52pm PSTSEE ALSO: We asked our science reporter to review Ariana...

Warren: Trump
Warren: Trump 'May Not Even Be a Free Person' in 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren suggested President Trump may be imprisoned within two years during her inaugural presidential campaign address in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sunday. "One of the things we're gonna have to decide about how campaigns go forward is about what Donald Trump does every day," Warren told the crowd. "By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president.

Whitaker to Chairman: "Your five minutes is up"
Whitaker to Chairman: "Your five minutes is up"

President Trump's acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker elicits groans, gasps and laughter in the hearing room, when he tells the Democratic head of the House Judiciary Committee that his time for questioning had run out. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

From Gucci to Prada, fashion fails evoke racist imagery
From Gucci to Prada, fashion fails evoke racist imagery

MILAN (AP) - Luxury fashion is all about breaking codes, creating a new, irresistible message that captivates consumers. But some of the globe's top brands have raised eyebrows with designs that have racist connotations.

U.N. warns against politicizing humanitarian aid in Venezuela
U.N. warns against politicizing humanitarian aid in Venezuela

U.S. officials said trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, who last month declared himself interim president. "The Venezuelan people desperately need humanitarian aid. The U.S. & other countries are trying to help, but Venezuela's military under Maduro's orders is blocking aid with trucks and shipping tankers," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted on Twitter on Wednesday, along with a photo of a blocked road.

New Mexico
New Mexico's governor literally runs through walls in response to Trump's border wall

For all of the various responses to Tuesday night's State of the Union address by President Trump -- including responses from Stacey Abrams, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Kamala Harris  -- perhaps the greatest was delivered by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Immediately after Trump's speech concluded on Tuesday night, Grisham tweeted the following  video, which showed her taking Trump to task over his immigration stance and love of border walls by literally running through walls. Amazing. And big props to Gov. Grisham for doing her own stunts. The video appears to be a campaign commercial from her recent 2018 gubernatorial election. But Gov. Grisham did more on Tuesday to make...

Nurse accused of raping patient in Arizona pleads not guilty
Nurse accused of raping patient in Arizona pleads not guilty

PHOENIX (AP) - A nurse facing criminal charges in the rape of an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

The Latest: Official: Northam discussing future with staff
The Latest: Official: Northam discussing future with staff

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Latest on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and racist photo in medical school yearbook (all times local):

Senate breaks from Trump with Syria troop vote
Senate breaks from Trump with Syria troop vote

The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a "serious threat" to the United States. The amendment acknowledged progress against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria and Afghanistan but warned that "a precipitous withdrawal" could destabilize the region and create a vacuum that could be filled by Iran or Russia. It called on the Trump administration to certify conditions had been met for the groups' "enduring defeat" before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan.

Nobel winner Murad, Guaido envoy invited to Trump
Nobel winner Murad, Guaido envoy invited to Trump's State of Union

Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Washington are among the top guests invited to attend US President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, lawmakers announced Monday. It's an occasion for the Democrats, Republicans and independents of the 100-member Senate and 435-member House of Representatives to bring guests who symbolize policy goals and bring attention to the causes they hold dear. Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group to become a leading campaigner against sexual violence in war, and Carlos Vecchio, whom the US has recognized as Venezuela's top diplomat in Washington, are...

Jury weighs fate of Mexican drug kingpin
Jury weighs fate of Mexican drug kingpin

A New York jury began deliberating the fate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Monday after a three month drug trial that laid bare the loves, schemes and escapes of Mexico's most famous drug lord. Journalists, huddled in sleeping bags against the cold, camped overnight outside the Brooklyn federal court to assure a seat in Judge Brian Cogan's courtroom. Before instructing the jury, Cogan asked whether any of them had read or heard about an "offensive or suspect article" related to the trial.

Bond set for man accused of shooting Ohio deputies
Bond set for man accused of shooting Ohio deputies

An Ohio prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty in the case against a man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy and wounding another officer in an "ambush" attack during a standoff on Sunday. (Feb. 4)

This video shows the hilarity of teaching parents how to use technology
This video shows the hilarity of teaching parents how to use technology

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. * * * While there are plenty of differences between Millennials and Gen Z, as digital natives we can all relate to one thing -- being the in-house IT department for our parents.  We've all been there: When your mom wants to change her Facebook profile pic, you're the expert. But one wrong click and suddenly -- you've broken her entire phone, all her photos are gone, and it's somehow your fault.  SEE ALSO: Facebook to teens: Plz laugh at these old memes YouTuber Gus Johnson captures this hilarious juxtaposition of youth frustration versus parental struggle in his video...

Venezuela
Venezuela's Guaido extends olive branch to China

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has promised China he will honour bilateral agreements and said he was ready to start a dialogue with Beijing "as soon as possible". Guaido's comments to the South China Morning Post, published Saturday, appear aimed at laying to rest questions over whether his political challenge to President Nicolas Maduro would disrupt ties with Venezuela's main creditor. Maduro visited China in September, striking energy and gold mining deals as he sought Beijing's support for his crisis-hit nation.

Honda Covers the Civic Type R and NSX in Gold for Australian Anniversary
Honda Covers the Civic Type R and NSX in Gold for Australian Anniversary

For Honda's 50th anniversary in Oz, even the company's premium lawnmower gets the Midas touch.

Amazon sales outlook falls short after record holiday quarter
Amazon sales outlook falls short after record holiday quarter

Amazon posted a 63 percent jump in net income to $3 billion for the fourth quarter, ahead of analysts' estimates. Sales rose 20 percent, and a record number of shoppers signed up for the company's loyalty club Prime in the fourth quarter. Revenue for Amazon Web Services, the company's lucrative cloud computing business, surged 45 percent.

U.S. warns Venezuela's Maduro about intimidation, 'looting'

Juan Guaido, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, said on Thursday that agents from a feared special police unit had visited his home. "There will be consequences for those engaged in such acts, they will be held accountable and they will be missing this unique opportunity to move on." Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official urged Venezuelan military officials to accept Guaido's offer of amnesty if they backed his claim. Washington also warned Maduro, Russia and other international players against making deals for Venezuelan commodities like gold and oil.

Minor Crash Turns
Minor Crash Turns 'Tragic' as Improperly Restrained 4-Year-Old Killed

A young boy died Wednesday after an airbag deployed during a crash and struck the boy, who was not restrained in a child seat.

Facebook profit beats Wall St, shares jump after hours
Facebook profit beats Wall St, shares jump after hours

The world's largest online social media network has pledged to invest heavily in the privacy and security of its users after scandals over improperly shared data and propaganda hurt its image and made it the target of political scrutiny across the globe. Facebook shares rose nearly 12 percent to $168.20 after the bell.

'Do Not Let Him Escape Responsibility.' Prosecutors End Closing Arguments in El Chapo Trial With a Plea
'Do Not Let Him Escape Responsibility.' Prosecutors End Closing Arguments in El Chapo Trial With a Plea

"Hold him accountable for his crimes."

Freezing Midwest weather impacts flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport
Freezing Midwest weather impacts flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport

CHECK YOUR FLIGHT STATUS! The bitter cold, ice, and snow in the Midwest are impacting flights in and out of the Bay Area.

Juncker Says Chance of No-Deal Has Increased: Brexit Update
Juncker Says Chance of No-Deal Has Increased: Brexit Update

The European Union is standing firm and stepping up contingency plans in case it all goes wrong. Jeremy Corbyn told broadcasters that May "listened" to his concerns about the backstop and future customs arrangements in their meeting this afternoon.

US Midwest braces for dangerous arctic chill
US Midwest braces for dangerous arctic chill

Millions of Americans braced Tuesday for a dangerous polar vortex which began to settle over a broad swath of the United States, threatening to set new records for cold as schools and businesses closed and authorities warned of frostbite. Temperatures in almost a dozen states stretching over 1,200 miles from the Dakotas to Ohio were forecast to be the coldest in a generation, if not on record. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast temperatures between -10 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 to -40 Celsius) by Wednesday, with wind chill making it seem as cold as -65 degrees Fahrenheit in one area of Minnesota.

Taste of March to follow polar vortex invasion in midwestern, eastern US
Taste of March to follow polar vortex invasion in midwestern, eastern US

Residents enduring the brutal and life-threatening Arctic outbreak to end January can look ahead to the taste of March that awaits during the first weekend of February.

Harris emerges as frontrunner to oust Trump as rivals circle
Harris emerges as frontrunner to oust Trump as rivals circle

Early 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris introduced herself to American voters Monday by drawing a sharp contrast with Donald Trump, offering a robust defense of her progressive positions a day after formally declaring her White House bid. It is a burgeoning field that may ultimately feature dozens of candidates seeking to oust President Donald Trump. Harris immediately took her campaign to Iowa, the state that votes first in the nominating process, holding a televised town hall from Des Moines where she eviscerated the Trump administration for "lighting that fire" of racial division and seeking to "vilify" young immigrants.

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